NVC – The Deleted Scenes (Review)

NVCNVC are a Canadian progressive metal band and this is their debut album.

This is modern and emotive progressive metal that marries some latter-day Anathema influences with a melodic death metal side; think Ensiferum and Wintersun for a starting point. The resulting mix largely works quite well, resulting in mostly lengthy songs full of melodic bite sprinkled with reflective lighter sections.

There’s a wealth of diversity and influences that can be heard across the album though, and I hear bits of bands as relatively diverse as Threshold, In Flames, Between the Buried and Me, Opeth, and Queensrÿche here and there.

Full of rousing melodies and a good sense of songwriting, this music is enjoyable and engaging. Occasionally the jumps from calm, emotive progressive rock to high-octane European-styled flashy melodic metal can be a little jarring, but this is something that will undoubtedly be ironed out with time. Besides, for the most part it all works together very well.

The near-omnipresent keyboards work their charms across much of the music on The Deleted Scenes, in various different ways. Everything from subtle piano highlights to warring, flashy, 70s-style progressive posturing is included in one form or another.

There’s a theatrical edge to some of the band’s progressive material, manifesting not only in the showier aspects of the music, but also in some of the vocal performances and dramatic spoken word characters that appear occasionally. NVC are certainly not lacking in ambition, and for the most part they pull off their artistic vision with aplomb.

The Deleted Scenes is an enjoyable and well-constructed mix of styles that has come together well in a coherent and ambitious vision. I recommend that you explore this one and see if it sparks your interest.

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